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veral of the Fingo inquirers were once no. torious singers. One who was brought up at Zuurbraak," became a drunkard, was put in prison, and in prison God visited him, and we hope his heart has been changed : he is now like a lamb at the feet of Christ. Let all our friends pray earnestly for us, that the Lord may continue his goodness to us, and that his word may grow mightily, and prosper.
Macomo, Botman, and other Caffre chiefs, were greatly disappointed at not receiving Missionaries with us. I hope Mr. Calderwood, Mr. Birt, and others, are already on their way.
version is still, I trust, in progress. I have
Distribution of clothing, sc, among the
children. "I have had the greatest pleasure," ob. serves Mr. Read, “in dealing out the boun. ty of our friends in Yorkshire, and other parts of England, to the children. The delight evinced by the little creatures on receiving the articles provided for them is indescribable. Thousands of thanks to the ladies in England, they said. But I am sorry to state that, although I had so many things to bestow, I had scarcely half enough, especially as the Fingo children are coming in great numbers : they come daily, but we can only show them the empty boxes. The boys suffered the greatest disappointment, as the clothes, were chiefly for the girls."
SOUTH AFRICA-CAFFRE MISSION, Under the favour and blessing of the Most High, the Mission to the Caffres, which had been for a time suspended in consequence of the occurrence of war, was recommenced in the course of the year 1836; and since that period the labours of our brethren, the Rev. Messrs. Brownlee and Kayser, have been pursued not without a measure of encourage. ment. Towards the close of last year, Mr. Brownlee, whose station is situated on the Buffalo River, had the happiness of forming a church, consisting of five Christian Caffres, whose faith, and piety, and love, were affording him great joy and satisfaction. The congregations at both the stations were gradually increasing, and the infant and day-schools, together with those for instruction on the Sabbath, were beginning to revive. On the subject of religion, a growing spirit of inquiry was observable among the people, and their state of mind generally appeared to indicate an unusual preparedness for the reception of the renovating principles of Divine revelation, and of the great and precious promises it unfolds. The brethren also experienced much encouragement in their itinerant labours at the period above mentioned, the fields in every place they visited appearing white unto the harvest.
Under date 7th of August last, a communication has been received from Mr. Kayser, of an equally gratifying character with those which conveyed the preceding intelligence. He reports that the number of inhabitants at the station and in its vicinity was gradually in. creasing, and exemplary industry was displayed by the people in the cultivation of their
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Messrs. Calderwood and Birt embarked for the Cape in July last. I Knapp's Hope, on the river Kiaskamma,
gardens and other grounds. Our brother speaks of four individuals among the Caffres at his station, who had recently given evidence of being brought under the power of Divine grace; and he intimates the hope of soon receiving one of them into the church of Christ by baptism. 'At Buffalo River, the work was also pleasingly progressive. Referring to a visit he had lately paid to that station, Mr. Kayser observes :-“To my joy I was informed by brother Brownlee, that the seed long sown now begins to grow up, especially among the Caffre women. Those with whom I conversed seemed to be all in the good way, seeking salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Among the converts there is also a chief who was once very proud and wild. On a former occasion I was called to dress & wound which he had received in his arm from an assegai, but at that time he would hear nothing of God and his word; but now, by the grace of our God, how meek and lamb. like! The Lord's name be glorified, and to Him be given all honour, thanksgiving, and praise !"
The foregoing particulars clearly indicate that the present period is one peculiarly favour. able to the extension of Missionary labour in Caffraria. For a considerable time past the chiefs and people themselves have evinced an earnest desire, and made repeated applications, for Missionaries; and it will be seen from a statement in the preceding article, (p. 187,) that Macomo, Botman, Tyali, and other Caffre chiefs were greatly disappointed when they found that Mr. Read, whom they met on his way to the Kat River, returned unaccompanied by Missionaries to labour amongst their people. On this account, the Directors recur with additional satisfaction to the circumstance of the embarkation of the Rev. Messrs. Calderwood and Birt, in July last, for South Africa; these brethren having been appointed to the Caffre Mission, in connexion with which their instrumentality will be no less acceptable than, we trust, under God, it will prove valuable and effective. No tidings have been yet received concerning these brethren, but in all probability they have before the present time reached the Cape, and arrived thence at their stations in Caffreland,
Jan Tzatzoe proceeded with Mr. Read from Bethelsdorp, (p. 185,) for the purpose of returning into Caffraria, to resume his labours at the Buffalo River station as a regular agent of the Society. The presumption is, that, under Divine guidance and protection, he has arrived at his destination, and re-entered upon his work in conjunction with Mr. Brownlee ; but no communication has been received from this part of Africa of a date subsequent to the period at which it is probable he reached bis station.
MARQUESAS. The last account of the circumstances and progress of the Mission in these islands was communicated to the friends of the Society in the Missionary Magazine for April last. From the statements then presented, there appeared ground to hope that the Gospel of salvation was at length beginning to make some impression on the minds of the natives, whose exceeding depravity of character, obduracy of heart, and licentiousness of manners, have from the first been a source of deep trial and discouragement to the devoted Missionaries labouring amongst them. The brethren and sisters proceeding to the Navigators Islands, in 1836, landed at the Marquesas on their voyage to the important field of labour where they are now engaged, and the event having led to an uncommon spirit of inquiry among the natives, evidently contributed to produce the altered disposition in favour of Christianity abore noticed. But soon after their departure, it is stated, that this hopeful appearance again grew faint and gradually died away, until the brethren had little remaining except their faith in God from which to derive support and consolation. But keeping in view the promise of revealed truth, that all the ends of the earth shall at length see the salvation of God, and sustained by the animating conviction that not a word of all that Inspiration has
uttered shall ultimately remain unfulfilled, the devoted Missionaries have not desponded, but have diligently pursued their arduous and sacred toils, scattering with liberal hand the incorruptible seed of the word over the face of the moral desert around them, and leaving the result to Him who alone can cause it to bear fruit unto eternal life. In a letter, addressed from Santa Christina, to the Foreign Secretary, under date October, 1837, after alluding to the deficiency of visible encouragement in connexion with the labours of the Mission, the brethren, Rev. Messrs. Rodgerson and Stallworthy, thus write :
Whilst we, therefore, are cast down on telling them of the love of God in sending the one hand at witnessing the opposition his only begotten Son to save a lost and of the human heart to the glorious Gospel guilty world; beseeching them to lay aside of the blessed God, and perceive almost their sinful customs and practices, and put every effort thwarted which is made with a their trust in Jesus Christ, who alone can deview to emancipate those around us from liver them from everlasting perdition. Nor the chains in which they have been long have our efforts been confined to the Sabbath ; and cruelly held by Satan ; we are per during the week we have pursued the same suaded, on the other, that perseverance in plan either in this valley, and Hanamiai, labour and prayer, by the blessing of God, the adjoining one, or in some other at a cannot fail to enlighten and save the most greater distance. hardened and abandoned. May those who labour among the Marquesans be eminently
Education. qualified for their work ; be instant in sea On this subject the brethren write: son and out of season, and continue in The same indifference manifested by prayer till God, in infinite love and mercy, parents respecting their own improvement shall send down a blessing.
and salvation is discovered in reference to We are unable generally to induce any to their children, consequently we have been attend at the Tohua,* for the purpose of unsuccessful in our attempts to establish a listening to the word of God ; not unfre school for the instruction of the young. A quently, however, we have found them col- few, however, have attended though irre. lected for other purposes, when we have gularly ; sometimes six or eight meet Mr. taken the opportunity of addressing them. S. in his residence whilst at Hanatetena for Sometimes a little attention has been paid, the purpose of learning the alphabet and but more frequently a spirit of indifference catechism. At Vaitahu the number is reor opposition has been manifested. But, duced to one, son of a chief who is dead, our general plan has been to walk round This boy lives with lotete, is called by his the valley, calling at the various houses, name, and considered in some measure as collecting a few together, where it was prac- under his charge. He is very steady, and ticable, praying and conversing with them, regular in his attendance, and will, it is and endeavouring to direct them to the con. hoped, at some future day become useful to sideration of those subjects which are con- the Mission. nected with the immortal spirit and eternity;
The principal station in Santa Christina is Vaitahu, where the brethren have resided since the commencement of their Mission. In the course of last year, with a view to enlarging their sphere of labour and bringing a greater number of people regularly under the sound of the Gospel, Mr. Stallworthy removed to Hanatetena, the central valley on the opposite side of the island. This arrangement was, however, frustrated in consequence of a wicked attempt made soon after by a native of Dominica, to set on fire the Mission premises at Vaitahu. The incendiary, whose object appears to have been to create an opportunity for plunder, was observed by an inmate in the act of applying a lighted cocoa-nut husk to the roof of the dwelling-house ; and Mr. Rodgerson received information of the circumstance in sufficient time to employ means for extinguishing the flames before any serious damage was effected. The man who had endeavoured to put this nefarious design into execution was subsequently apprehended, and it is probable would have forfeited his life by order of lotete and the other chiefs, had not Mr. Rodgerson interposed his influence with them to have him spared. The occurrence impressed the brethren with the necessity of taking measures for
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their better protection in future ; and Mr. Stallworthy consequently abandoned his intention of remaining at Hanatetena, and returned to Vaitahu.
Violent dissension among the Natives. Scarcely had the distress produced in the minds of the brethren by the event last noticed abated, when a fierce and sanguinary contest, which they rainly employed the most earnest entreaties and expostulations to prevent, broke out between lotete and the chiefs of the adjoining district of Hapatoni. This was in the month of May. After a furious struggle, which lasted several day, the people of Hapatoni were defeated, their houses burnt, many of their number killed or reduced to a state of servitude, and the rest driven to the moustains. Speaking of the probable origin of this deplorable transaction, and of the manner in which the victorious chief and his adherents attempted, at a subsst quent period, to justify their conduct in connection with it, the Missionaries observe :
There is a degree of plausibility in what twelve. He has always been afraid when : Iotete and his party state as being the cause ship has come in sight, lest she should of the war, viz. : that of the Hapatopians anchor at Hapatoni, and has prevented, a coming unawares and taking possession of far as lay in his power, the people of that their valley; but, after impartially and de district from obtaining muskets or amor liberately considering the affair, we are led, nition. if not positively to assert, yet strongly to I t is probable that some of the chiefs of suspect, that lotete wished to be possessed Hapatoni might express themselves in terms of Hapatoni in order to distribute the land of disapprobation that their trading shoeld among his friends, instead of allowing it to be interfered with by lotete, and thus gare remain in the hands of those who had long him an occasion, for which he had beciu been, and were likely to continue, his pro. waiting, of bringing an accusation against fessed enemies. During the last twelve or them, and of expelling them from their eighteen months he has been most anxious district. to obtain muskets and ammunition from As soon as we knew that hostilities would shipping touching for refreshments. The probably commence, we used all our ipfa. last captain who visited us received from ence with lotete to induce him to desist, him a whale boat nearly new, and worth but he objected to every proposition, and from fifty to sixty dollars, in exchange for seemed determined to be satisfied with nothing gunpowder, not exceeding in value ten or less than the expulsion of the Hapatonians.
(To be continued.)
USEFUL ARTICLES FOR SALE IN INDIA. MRS. CAMPBELL of Calcutta, in a letter to well; and I can assure you it often gives me a lady in England, referring to this sub. pain to see the dear children idle for want ject, remarks: “I am sure you will for- of materials. Good fine calico, or jean, for give my presuming to advise you as to frocks, in the piece, would answer well for the kind of articles most valuable to us the girls to work up. I am thus explicit in this country. You have wisely judged because we continually receive boxes which that the most saleable are useful articles ; our friends state to be of a certain value, such especially as can be worn by respect. which we seldom realise, owing to the unable ladies and their families; but such suitableness of their contents; and we are things as dolls, pincushions, chimney-orna. sure that you are as anxious as ourselves ments, and the like, sell at a considerable that your benevolence should flow in a oseloss. Above all, we should prefer the value ful channel. We have twenty poor orplans of the boxes to be expended in England in entirely dependent on us : if any of your the purchase of canvas, worsted, rug-needles circle would undertake the support of any of different sizes, and patterns for rugs, for of them we should be most happy to receive the use of my little pupils, who can now the funds for such a purpose. work very nicely. Their work sells very
EMBARKATION OF REV. MESSRS. HOWE AND PRATT. On the 8th of November, the Rev. William and Mrs. Pratt, appointed to the NavigaHowe and Mrs. Howe, Rev. George Pratt tors Islands; Mrs. Pitman, who returns to
Rarotonga, and Mr. John Barff, eldest son of our brother the Rev. C. Barff, at Hua. hire, embarked per the Lord William Ben
tinck, for their respective stations in the Pacific.
ARRIVAL OF THE REV. J. HANDS AND FRIENDS AT MADRAS. The arrival of the Rev. John Hands, Rev. our friends sailed from that port, May 22nd, James Sewell and Mrs. Sewell, at Rio Ja. and arrived at Madras in health and safety, neiro, in April last, was intimated in the on the 28th of July. From Madras they Missionary Magazine for August. The ship proceeded to Bangalore, and reached that having undergone the necessary repairs, station, August 17.
LETTERS RECEIVED FROM MISSIONARIES, &c. SOUTII SEAS, 1838.-Rarotonga, Rev. c. Pit- Philip, July 20. Mrs. Philip, Aug. 9 and 29, Sept. man, Feb. 28, and April 17.
I and 3. Kat River, Rev. G. Schreiner, August 6. ULTRA GANGES, 1838. - Malacca, Rev. S. Caffreland, Rev. G. F. Kayser, Aug. 7. Lattakoo, Dver, Feb. 1. Rev. Messrs. Evans and Dyer,
Messrs. Hamilton, Moffat, and Edwards, (jointly) (jointly) April 2. Singapore, Rev. Messrs. A. and July 2. Rev. R. Moffat, July 7. J. Stronach, (jointly) May 14 and 19. Pinang, Rev.
WEST INDIES, 1838.-Demerara, Rev. J. KetE. Davies, March 30.
ley, Aug. 14. Rev. C. Rattray, Aug. 13. Rev. EAST INDIES, 1838. - Calcutta, Rev. A. F. Messrs. Rattray and Watt, (jointly) Sept. 4. BerLacroix, March 22. Rev. T. Boaz, May 31. Viza bice, Rev. S. Haywood, Sept. 3, (two letters.) Jagapatam, Rev. J. W. Gordon, April 11. Belgaum, maica, Rev, J. Vine, Sept. 4. Rev. W. G. Barrett, Rev. J. Taylor, May 10,
Sept. 9. Mr. J. Gibson, Sept. 8. Mr. J. Howell, SOUTH APRICA, 1838.- Cape Town, Rev. J. Sept. 20. Williams and Brethren, July 18 and 19. Rev. Dr.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. The thanks of the Directors are respectfully pre for 1000 sheet tracts, for Mr. Murkland, Demerara; sented to the following, viz. :-To ladies at Derby, to Miss Ingham, Manchester, for a box of fancy per Rev. J. Gawthorn, for a box of apparel and articles for the South Sea Mission; to Miss Turner, school articles, for Mrs. Beighton, Penang; to Mrs. Oulton-hall, Staffordshire, for a parcel of cotton Harris, Birmingham, for a box of apparel, &c., for dresses for the South Seas, per Rev. W. Howe; to Mrs. Barff, Huahine; to Anonymous for 14 copies the pupils in Miss Fletcher's Seminary, Pelican of Paige on the Perseverance of the Saints;" to House, Peckham, for a box of garments for the Rev. ladies at Dundee, by Rev. Dr. Russell, for a box of John Williams; to M. L. and R. W., for a parcel of apparel, and cotton and woollen cloth, for the Rev. shirts, frocks, &c., for the Rev. Sam. Haywood, J. Read, Kat River; to E. W., for a parcel of cotton Berbice; to Anonymous, to Mrs. Cortes, Southgarments for South Africa; to Mr. John Yates, ampton; to a lady; to Mr. Booker, Harting; to Preston, for a box of books and Magazines; to “S. P."; and to Mr. and Mrs. Tyler, Stanstead, for friends at Leith, by Miss Cullen, for a box of ap Nos, and Vols. of the Evangelical and other Magaparel, school-books, &c., value 121., for Rev. Henry zines, &c. &c. Calderwood; to a lady, by Mr. Robertson, Dublin,
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